Geum Flames of Passion is a wonderful vigorous ground cover perennial with a long season of interest. Brilliant, terracotta-orange, single flowers with prominent yellow stamens are held on upright swaying stems among rosettes of pretty, scalloped leaves from late Spring to late Summer. Bees love Geums as every long wiry stem produces multiple flowers for them to feast on. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage a fresh flush of ongoing blooms.
Low maintenance, Geum Flames of Passion ground cover will complement most gardens from a cottage style informal layout to more architectural planting schemes, ideal for the front or middle of a border partnered with hellebores, blue Hardy Geraniums or shorter Crocosmia for a ‘hot’ bed effect. They are also very effective planted in pots on the terrace or balcony – just remember to keep them well watered. Simply deadhead spent flowers to encourage a second, or even third flowering!
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Geum Flames of Passion ground cover will die back to ground level in Winter and fresh new growth will appear in Spring. They are happiest in full sun, but all require moist but well-drained soil. They will not thrive in soil that becomes waterlogged. To maintain them simply cut back any tatty or brown foliage from the previous year in early Spring and divide any clumps that become congested in early Spring or late Autumn.
As a rough guide when planting Geum Flames of Passion as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage, and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
How to grow Geum Flames of Passion
Position: Full Sun
Foliage: Perennial, leaves appear from Spring with flowers following in early Summer through to mid-late Autumn
Soil and site: Fertile, moisture retaining & well drained
Flowering time: Early Spring to Autumn
Growth rate: Fast
Ultimate height and spread: 30cm and 30cm
Hardiness: Hardy once established
Aftercare: Water well until established, avoiding soil becoming waterlogged. Trim off any dead/straggly areas after flowering has finished. Divide clumps in early Spring or late Autumn